Graduate student position – behavioural ecology of white-footed mice

Graduate-level applications are being accepted for the Functional Ecology lab at the University of Ottawa, Ontario. We study co-adaptations among metabolic, behavioural, performance, and life-history traits using diverse tools ranging from comparative to quantitative genetic approaches. Current openings include field-based projects on white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus). Interested students should visit the Functional Ecology lab webpage for more information why and how to apply: https://vincentcareau.weebly.com/join-the-lab.html

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PhD position in Evolutionary Ecology/Bioinformatics – McGill University – MacDonald Campus

Scope

The fish population genetics and genomics (FPG2) lab in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University is seeking applications from students interested in pursuing a PhD in bioinformatics, comparative phylogenomics, and population genomics. Part of the work will consist of de novo assembly and annotation of genomes from generated long read sequences, as well as, performing extensive population RAD and/or RNA sequencing surveys. Although fieldwork experience is not required, a strong potential exists for students to participate in sample collections in Arctic coastal and offshore marine environments, as well as in more local areas.

Skills

Candidates should have an academic background in ecology, evolution, genetics and/or informatics/bioinformatics and be an independent learner with a strong work ethic. A working proficiency in the R script writing language is recommended (working knowledge of Python/C++ also beneficial). Familiarity with Linux/Unix based high performance computing clusters (HPCC) and the use of bioinformatics packages (e.g., SOAP, Geneious, CLC genomics workbench and GATK among others) would be an asset. The successful candidate should also have strong lab and interpersonal skills allowing them to also work well in a laboratory setting and in a group.

The Department

Natural Resource Sciences (NRS) is a multi-disciplinary department based out of McGill’s Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Québec, Canada (http://www.mcgill.ca/nrs/). McGill University offers competitive graduate scholarships, including tuition waivers, and visa differential waivers (for international students that qualify) for applicants based on grades and research experience (please see the sites listed below for more information).

http://www.mcgill.ca/internalawards/

http://www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/students

Although funds are available to support a PhD student, the eventual hire is expected to apply for either national/provincial support and/or institutional internal graduate scholarships.

Application 

To apply, please send a current c.v., unofficial copies of academic transcripts, brief description of your research interests (~ 1/2 page), and contact information for 2-3 referees. Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received before July 1st. Electronic applications (PDF only please) can be sent to:

denis.roy5[at]mcgill[dot]ca
Denis Roy
Assistant Professor
Macdonald-Stewart Building
21111 Lakeshore Road
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec
H9X 3V9
FPG2 Lab webpage: http://denisroy.weebly.com

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POPULATION GENOMICS and eDNA Metabarcoding courses offered by Physilia-courses in Quebec city.

1) POPULATION GENOMICS

Where: Quebec City (Canada)

When: 12-16 November 2018

Instructors:
Dr. Martin Ian Taylor (University of East Anglia, UK)
Dr. Lewis G. Spurgin (University of East Anglia, UK)
Eric Normandeau (Laval University, Canada)

Overview: The course will cover the basics of population genomic analysis from SNP data onwards and will cover the key analyses that may be required to successfully analyze a population genetic data set. The course will NOT cover steps prior to generation of a .vcf file or SNP data set such as NGS data demultiplexing, clustering and SNP calling (This is covered in detail in the Introduction to RADseq course). This course will introduce Linux and the command line environment, basic perl and python usage, file conversions and manipulation, population structure and differentiation in R, outlier analysis, landscape / seascape genomics and introgression. Having completed the course, students should have a good understanding of the software and methods available for population genomic analysis and be competent in population genomic analysis.

Course website: https://www.physalia-courses.org/courses-workshops/course39/

2) eDNA Metabarcoding

Where: Quebec City (Canada)

When: 19-23 November 2018

Instructors:
Dr. Vasco Elbrecht (University of Guelph, Canada)
Eric Normandeau (Laval University, Canada)

Overview: After completing the workshop, students should be in a position to (1) understand the potential and capabilities of eDNA barcoding and metabarcoding, (2) run complete analyses of eDNA metabarcoding pipelines and obtain diversity inventories and ecologically interpretable data from raw next-generation sequence data and (3) design their own eDNA projects, including bioinformatic data analysis and planning of laboratory work. All course materials (including copies of presentations, practical exercises, data files, and example scripts prepared by the instructing team) will be provided electronically to participants.

While this course will focus on eDNA metabarcoding, however targeted single species detection and other alternatives will also be explored, as they can sometimes be suitable metabarcoding alternatives.

Course website: https://www.physalia-courses.org/courses-workshops/course40/

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Tenure-track Faculty Position in Terrestrial Ecology. Application deadline: 21 September 2018.

The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Evolutionary Ecology of terrestrial organisms with a focus on either Mammalogy or Ornithology commencing July 2019, or another mutually agreeable date. Although candidates at the Assistant Professor level will be preferred, exceptional candidates at higher ranks may also be considered. We are seeking applications from outstanding scholars in evolutionary ecology whose research uses innovative field- and lab-based approaches (e.g., tracking, molecular, physiology, etc.) to investigate applied and/or theoretical questions in the area of ornithology or mammalogy in terrestrial environments. The research program should have a field-based component and may target the population-, species- or community-level. The successful candidate will join our dedicated team of scholars and teachers and will bring innovative and modern pedagogical practices to courses in both the core and ecology and evolution areas of our undergraduate and graduate curricula.

The successful applicant will have a PhD and a strong track record of innovative research in evolutionary ecology with important peer-assessed contributions to the field. Additionally, s/he will demonstrate a commitment to achieve outstanding undergraduate and graduate teaching and to make valuable service contributions within our collaborative environment. Finally, the candidate must either have, or demonstrate the potential to establish and maintain, an independent, externally-funded research program.

The salary range for this position is $95,000 to $120,000. Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified, or higher ranked, candidates.

The Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo was established in 1964 and has a team of 39 faculty committed to teaching and research excellence across the life sciences. Our department also includes ≈ 100 graduate students, 15 post-doctoral fellows and research associates, along with over 1800 Honours undergraduate students enrolled in either Co-operative Education or Regular Biology-related programs. Our Department fosters a dynamic and thriving research environment with over $5.5 million in annual research, 3 Canada Research Chairs, and 1 University Research Chair. Our graduate programs, including collaborations with other departments in the Faculties of Science, Environment, Mathematics & Engineering and the Water Institute, consistently attract outstanding Canadian and International applicants.

The University of Waterloo is located in the attractive and vibrant two-university Region of Waterloo (population 550,000) in southwestern Ontario, approximately 100 km from Toronto. We are centrally located relative to several other universities having strong Biology research profiles, including the University of Guelph, McMaster University and Western University. The University of Waterloo and the Waterloo region carry strong reputations in innovation and entrepreneurial culture, affording a myriad of collaborative opportunities.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. “Three reasons to apply: http://uwaterloo.ca/fauw/why.”

The closing date for applications is 21 September 2018. Application packages, which should be submitted electronically as a single pdf document, should include a brief cover letter, full curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy (1-page), research plan (2-pages) and the names and full contact information of at least three references to:

Dr. Hugh Broders, Chair,
Department of Biology
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario
Canada
Email: biochair@uwaterloo.ca

 

 

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Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques, University of Oxford

About the course

The Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques aims to provide the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to conduct effective ecological field surveys for a range of key taxa, and to analyse field survey data with confidence.

The course (taught part-time, normally over one year) is designed for a wide range of professionals needing to up-skill in: Environmental management; Environmental assessment; Biodiversity monitoring.

Who the course is for

Professional ecological consultants, environmental managers and rangers, research and postgraduate students, and volunteers. The techniques covered are universal using international case studies and examples.

Many PGCert students are consultants, environmental managers and educators as well as volunteers and those looking to make a career change that are seeking flexible study combined with expert training.

Click here for more information.

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Tenure-track Faculty Position in Environmental Virology. Application deadline: 21 September 2018.

The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Environmental Virology commencing July 2019, or other mutually agreeable date. Although candidates at the Assistant Professor level will be preferred, exceptional candidates at higher ranks may also be considered. We are seeking applications from outstanding scholars that have established disciplinary expertise in environmental virology, with an emphasis on ecological interactions of viruses with aquatic or terrestrial hosts. The successful candidate will join our dedicated team of scholars and teachers and will bring innovative and modern pedagogical practices to courses in both the core and microbiology areas of our undergraduate and graduate curricula.

The successful applicant will have a PhD and a strong track record of innovative research in environmental virology with important peer-assessed contributions to the field. Additionally, s/he will demonstrate a commitment to achieve outstanding undergraduate and graduate teaching and to make valuable service contributions within our collaborative environment. Finally, the candidate must either have, or demonstrate the potential to establish and maintain, an independent, externally-funded research program.

The salary range for this position is $95,000 to $120,000. Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified, or higher ranked, candidates.

The Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo was established in 1964 and has a team of 39 faculty committed to teaching and research excellence across the life sciences. Our department also includes ≈ 100 graduate students, 15 post-doctoral fellows and research associates, along with over 1800 Honours undergraduate students enrolled in either Co-operative Education or Regular Biology-related programs. Our Department fosters a dynamic and thriving research environment with over $5.5 million in annual research, 3 Canada Research Chairs, and 1 University Research Chair. Our graduate programs, including collaborations with other departments in the Faculties of Science, Environment, Mathematics & Engineering and the Water Institute, consistently attract outstanding Canadian and International applicants.

The University of Waterloo is located in the attractive and vibrant two-university Region of Waterloo (population 550,000) in southwestern Ontario, approximately 100 km from Toronto. We are centrally located relative to several other universities having strong Biology research profiles, including the University of Guelph, McMaster University and Western University. The University of Waterloo and the Waterloo region carry strong reputations in innovation and entrepreneurial culture, affording a myriad of collaborative opportunities.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. “Three reasons to apply: http://uwaterloo.ca/fauw/why.”

The closing date for applications is 21 September 2018. Application packages, which should be submitted electronically as a single pdf document, should include a brief cover letter, full curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy (1-page), research plan (2-pages) and the names and full contact information of at least three references to:

Dr. Hugh Broders, Chair,
Department of Biology
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario
Canada
Email: biochair@uwaterloo.ca

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Tenure-track Faculty Position in Aquatic Ecology. Application deadline: 21 September 2018.

The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Aquatic Ecology commencing July 2019, or another mutually agreeable date. Although candidates at the Assistant Professor level will be preferred, exceptional candidates at higher ranks may also be considered. We are seeking applications from outstanding scholars in the area of aquatic ecology. Candidates are expected to develop a strong, independently-funded, field-based research program. The research should address structural and/or functional relations among organisms of inland waters, as affected by natural and anthropogenic processes. The successful candidate will join our dedicated team of scholars and teachers and will bring innovative and modern pedagogical practices to courses in both the core and ecology areas of our undergraduate and graduate curricula.

The successful applicant will have a PhD and a strong track record of innovative research in aquatic ecology with important peer-assessed contributions to the field. Additionally, s/he will demonstrate a commitment to achieve outstanding undergraduate and graduate teaching and to make valuable service contributions within our collaborative environment. Finally, the candidate must either have, or demonstrate the potential to establish and maintain, an independent, externally-funded research program.

The salary range for this position is $95,000 to $120,000. Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified, or higher ranked, candidates.

The Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo was established in 1964 and has a team of 39 faculty committed to teaching and research excellence across the life sciences. Our department also includes ≈ 100 graduate students, 15 post-doctoral fellows and research associates, along with over 1800 Honours undergraduate students enrolled in either Co-operative Education or Regular Biology-related programs. Our Department fosters a dynamic and thriving research environment with over $5.5 million in annual research, 3 Canada Research Chairs, and 1 University Research Chair. Our graduate programs, including collaborations with other departments in the Faculties of Science, Environment, Mathematics & Engineering and the Water Institute, consistently attract outstanding Canadian and International applicants.

The University of Waterloo is located in the attractive and vibrant two-university Region of Waterloo (population 550,000) in southwestern Ontario, approximately 100 km from Toronto. We are centrally located relative to several other universities having strong Biology research profiles, including the University of Guelph, McMaster University and Western University. The University of Waterloo and the Waterloo region carry strong reputations in innovation and entrepreneurial culture, affording a myriad of collaborative opportunities.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. “Three reasons to apply: http://uwaterloo.ca/fauw/why.”

The closing date for applications is 21 September. Application packages, which should be submitted electronically as a single pdf document, should include a brief cover letter, full curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy (1-page), research plan (2-pages) and the names and full contact information of at least three references to:

Dr. Hugh Broders, Chair,
Department of Biology
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario
Canada
Email: biochair@uwaterloo.ca

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Population estimate and habitat characterization of the Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle (Cicindela patruela Dejean) from Île-aux-Allumettes (Quebec)

A MSc position is available under the co-supervision of Dr. Clint Kelly (Université du Québec à Montréal, www.kellylab.weebly.com), Dr. Maxim Larrivée (Insectarium de Montréal), and Dr. Michel Saint-Germain (Insectarium de Montréal) beginning September 2018.

The Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle is extremely rare in Canada and is considered endangered nationally. It is associated with old dune systems and is found in highly specialized habitat that tends to disappear in the absence of natural disturbances. The population from Île-aux-Allumettes was rediscovered in 2016 and is one of two known populations in Canada. The actual extent of this population is not known, as is how individuals use the different micro-habitats that make up this relatively diverse area in terms of successional stages. This research project aims to better define the extent of this Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle population and to identify its micro-habitat preferences and requirements. The project could include, among other things, a characterization of the conditions sought for egg-laying, foraging and thermoregulating. The final objectives of the project will be agreed on with the chosen candidate. The project will include field work during the summer of 2019.

This project will be conducted under the auspices of ReNewZoo (www.renewzoo.ca) and aims to train students for future employment in zoo conservation science. Students will be paid a stipend of $17,500 for each of two years. ReNewZoo has mandatory components (see details at www.renewzoo.ca) in addition to those of the Département des Sciences biologiques (UQAM) including a 4-month internship at Insectarium de Montréal and coursework.

The candidate must have completed a B.Sc. degree in Biology or a related discipline, have an interest in field work and work in zoological institutions. Interested candidates should submit a brief letter of intent, a curriculum vitae and an unofficial transcript to contacts below. UQAM is a linguistically open environment, however, graduate-level classes are taught in French.

The Kelly Lab is a member of the Groupe de recherche en écologie comportementale et animale (GRECA), which is a part of the large, research-active Département des Sciences Biologiques at UQAM (https://bio.uqam.ca) in the heart of Montréal.

If interested, please send a letter of intent, academic transcripts and a CV to Clint Kelly (kelly.clint@uqam.ca) and Maxim Larrivée (maxim.larrivee@ville.montreal.qc.ca).

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Habitat preferences and occurrence of the common walking stick (Diapheromera femorata) in Québec

A MSc position is available under the co-supervision of Dr. Clint Kelly (Université du Québec à Montréal, www.kellylab.weebly.com), Dr. Maxim Larrivée (Insectarium de Montréal), and Dr. Michel Saint-Germain (Insectarium de Montréal) beginning September 2018.

We are seeking a keen and curious student with a strong interest in conservation biology to develop and test a model of habitat preference and occupancy for the common walking stick (Diapheromera femorata). This species is common across North America but is known to occur in only three locations in Quebec (Mont Royal, Gatineau Park, and near the US border). Given that suitable habitat exists in other locations across Quebec, D. femorata is likely more widespread than is currently believed. By integrating knowledge of climate, topography and vegetative composition, the student will generate and test predictions of D. femorata occurrence throughout the province. The student will also assess behavioural and genetic differences among known Québec populations.

This project will be conducted under the auspices of ReNewZoo (www.renewzoo.ca) and aims to train students for future employment in zoo conservation science. Students will be paid a stipend of $17,500 for each of two years. ReNewZoo has mandatory components (see details at www.renewzoo.ca) in addition to those of the Département des Sciences biologiques (UQAM) including a 4-month internship at Insectarium de Montréal and coursework.

The candidate must have completed a B.Sc. degree in Biology or a related discipline, have an interest in field work and work in zoological institutions. Interested candidates should submit a brief letter of intent, a curriculum vitae and an unofficial transcript to contacts below. UQAM is a linguistically open environment, however, graduate-level classes are taught in French.

The Kelly Lab is a member of the Groupe de recherche en écologie comportementale et animale (GRECA), which is a part of the large, research-active Département des Sciences Biologiques at UQAM (https://bio.uqam.ca) in the heart of Montréal.

If interested, please send a letter of intent, academic transcripts and a CV to Clint Kelly (kelly.clint@uqam.ca) and Maxim Larrivée (maxim.larrivee@ville.montreal.qc.ca).

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M.Sc. Opportunity: Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge in Moose Ecology, Laurentian University/Université Laurentienne.

Description

Moose populations in North America are starting to decline with reasons not well understood. Moose are the primary source of protein for many Indigenous groups and preserving this species is not only important in terms of food acquisition and sustaining ecological integrity, but essential for securing traditional ways of life and cultural values associated with this species. An M.Sc. student will investigate the demographics of declining moose populations in Ontario with a focus on integrating Indigenous Knowledge with western science techniques. The M.Sc. candidate will be based out of Laurentian University and will collaborate with Dr. Jesse Popp, Dr. Frank Mallory, the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre, and Indigenous communities within the Anishinabek Nation. 

Qualifications

Competitive candidates will have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology, Zoology, or a related field with a grade average of 75% or higher. Experience in large mammal ecology, and Indigenous cultural settings considered an asset. All applicants will be considered; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

Anticipated Start Date

As soon as possible. 

Stipend

~$17,000 per year

How to Apply

Please email your unofficial transcript, resume, a list of 3 references, and a cover letter describing your related experience and why you should be considered for the position to: Dr. Jesse N. Popp, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, Laurentian University, 935 Ramsey Lake Rd., Sudbury, ON. P3E 2C6, jpopp@laurentian.ca

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